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Scholarships to International Students in USA

If study in USA is your dream and you seek financial assistance through scholarships, then you have come to the right place! Our study abroad counselling guarantees assistance in deciding the right university for you, with the ideal scholarships that you can apply for.

Let’s begin with the following list of skills to you need to showcase while applying for a scholarship:

  • Consistently strong academic record and test scores

  • Leadership qualities demonstrated through teamwork; leading school or college in organising events; acumen to work under high-pressure situations; and time management skills

  • Excellent writing skills to communicate your strengths and stronghold in the subject articulately

  • Affinity towards volunteering work and community services

  • Strong letters of recommendation from teachers and supervisors

One of the most crucial parts of a scholarship application is the personal statement which introduces your personality, strengths, goals and inclinations to the admission committee. While it can be tedious to weigh and pick the right set of virtues from your background, our editors at Hello Study Global provide you with the right direction in analysing, assessing and shaping an effective personal statement for you.

There are multiple types of scholarships available for international students in USA, such as:

  • University scholarships

  • Financial scholarships

  • Merit scholarships

  • Country-based scholarships

  • Government-funded scholarships

  • Privately-funded scholarships

Most Prestigious Scholarships for International Students in USA


Fulbright Scholarships

The United States-India Educational Foundation, or USIEF, offers scholarships to 4,000 international students who want to pursue a master’s course or a PhD in USA.

This scholarship covers tuition fees, airfare (economy), textbooks, and a stipend to cover living costs. It is ideal for those who want to study Environmental Science, Arts and Culture, International Legal Studies, Gender Studies, Public Health, Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning.


The Gates Millennium Scholarship :

Sponsored by The Gates Foundation, this scholarship covers tuition and living expenses of 1000 students every year for students enrolled in MS courses in USA. Students from disciplines such as computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science can apply for this scholarship.

Tata Scholarships: This scholarship is for those Indian students who want to pursue an undergraduate course at Cornell University. This scholarship covers tuition fees for eight semesters covering medical, living, food, and travel expenses. Indian students enrolled in the College of Architecture and Planning, Applied Economics, the College of Engineering, and Management major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, majors across Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences like Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, etc., can avail this scholarship.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program attracts global talent extending financial aid to mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a non-degree graduate-level study.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers a fellowship for international women pursuing a master’s or a doctorate in the US, thus encouraging talented women all across the world, AAUW extends various scholarships worth $18,000-$30,000 such as: American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Community Action Grants, International Fellowships, International Project Grants, Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine and Science, Selected Professions Fellowships.

American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship provides scholarships to students dedicated to positive civic and social change towards improvising under-resourced and underserved communities in their native countries. Offered by the American University, Washington DC, this scholarship helps students applying for undergraduate courses in USA.

The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship programme provides scholarships (50% grant and 50% loan) to students from selected developing countries pursuing postgraduate study.

Additionally, MBA colleges in USA such as Arizona’s W.P. Carey School of Business and Columbia Business Schooloffer a scholarship of $98,800 and $7,500–$30,000 respectively for international students. There are many other scholarships for MBA students such as Kelley Merit Fellowships, Joel Dean Scholarship, and The Wallman Fellowship etc.

University-specific US scholarships for international students

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How do I get a scholarship?

Last year alone, approximately 24,000 colleges in and around the US accepted international students. Out of which roughly one third (around 8000) reported awarding some form of scholarship (need-based, merit-based, etc) to enrolled international students, which amounted to roughly around $ 1.2 billion. 

There are mainly two routes to get a scholarship for the program that you are applying for. The first is through the college itself. The second is by separately applying for scholarships through individual sponsors.

To avail scholarships by the college, a student should highlight the need for the same in his/her application. The student may be asked to write an essay highlighting his/her needs and state reasons that would

strengthen his/her case. Individual academic excellence and aptitude displayed by your SAT score, your school GPAs, your extracurricular activities, etc are important factors taken into consideration before the

scholarship is awarded to you.

For the second one, you are required to apply separately. There are several sponsors in the US that provide scholarships to international students. They have their own set of criteria. However, it is important to note that individual sponsors may provide just one-time scholarship (as opposed to each year's scholarship granted by the college).

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